Colorado

Jan 3, 2010 12:05 PM by Associated Press

Dozens of seized baby turtles ready for adoption

Dozens of baby turtles nursed to health by reptile rescuers in Longmont are ready for adoption, months after they were illegally imported.

Fifty tiny Asian soft-shell turtles were seized in March at Denver International Airport. The tiny turtles had come from Thailand, and though the breed is not banned in the U.S., the turtles were far too young to be legally shipped.

The Longmont-based Colorado Reptile Humane Society took in the tiny turtles and is now ready to have them adopted. The shelter has reduced adoption fees and is offering discounted habitat equipment. But potential turtle adopters are warned that the animals can live 15 years and possibly much longer.

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